The most enjoyable task of the day was drafting a response to four engagements with my Terror and Territory book. The pieces – by Katharyne Mitchell, Gunnar Olsson, Adam Ramadan and Michael Smith – were originally presented at the Association of American Geographers meeting in Washington, D.C. last year. There is obviously quite a difference to the response I gave back then – I’d not seen the papers in advance, so was scribbling notes as they were delivered, before improvising a reply – and what I write now, without the pressure, or excuse, of time. They are extraordinarily generous, engaged, and thoughtful. A real pleasure. Christian Abrahamsson deserves real thanks for bringing them together in person last year, and in print this. The whole group of papers should be appearing in the new journal Dialogues in Human Geography.
Another chunk of the day was spent on editing Society and Space. The number of submissions so far in 2011 looks broadly comparable to last year: at least, no sign of a slowdown.